Ross River virus has been detected in South-East Queensland mosquito populations through a surveillance program run by Queensland Health.
Queensland’s arbovirus surveillance program utilises technology called “honey-coated nucleic preservation cards” in mosquito traps, which encourages mosquitos to feed on the honey with their saliva caught on the card.
Metro South Public Health Director Dr Kari Jarvinen said the first positive sample of the virus has been detected recently in the Corinda area.
“Ross River virus can be transmitted to humans through the bite of several different types of mosquitos commonly found throughout Queensland,” Dr Jarvinen said.
“By identifying the virus early through this technology, we can educate the community and potentially prevent Ross River virus infection.”
The disease caused by Ross River virus includes symptoms such as joint pain, fever, rash and fatigue.
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